Muhlenberg College

Host John Pearce talks with Dr. James Bloom, professor of English at Muhlenberg College. Bloom discusses higher education and its critics, today's students, and courses he has taught, such as "Reading the NY Times" and "Jewish Humor."

He has written five books and is working on his sixth, Reading the Male Gaze in Literature and Culture. 

(Original air-date: 2/9/2017)

A fascinating project is ongoing at Muhlenberg College's Trexler Library: digitizing letters from students who were serving in armed forces abroad during WWII.

Host John Pearce welcomes guests Susan Falciani and Dr. Kate Ranieri to discuss what these letters reveal about that era. The students abroad were eager to hear of happenings at the college and in Allentown. Current students of media studies create documentaries based on the many stories from the 1940s.

(Original air-date: 1/26/2017)

The Ups & Downs of Polling on LV Discourse

Jan 30, 2017

John Pearce welcomes guest Dr. Christopher Borick, Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, to tell us about the ups and downs of polling.

In the recent Presidential election, how did most polls err in predicting the winner? Dr. Borick is Professor of Political Science and a nationally recognized public opinion researcher.

(Original air-date: 1/12/2017)

"In the Heights" Cast Interview on Musings

Jul 26, 2016

Kenn Michael talks with two members of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre production of "In the Heights", Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical. Actress Wilma Rivera who plays Camila and actor Gabe Martinez who plays Usnavi talk with Kenn about their experiences in their roles.

Muhlenberg College President John Williams on LV Discourse

Jul 26, 2016

Host Sally Handlon talks with Muhlenberg College President, John Williams about his first year at the college and in the Lehigh Valley as well as the business of higher education. Joining with Dr. Williams is Mike Bruckner, VP for External Affairs and Community Relations, who is celebrating his 20th year at Muhlenberg College.

(Original air-date: 7/21/2016)

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical about life in the Latino community of Washington Heights, plays July 13-31 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

Director Jim Peck and actress Wilma Rivera join hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to discuss the production and the excitingly diverse team of artists who've come together at Muhlenberg to create it.

(Original air-date: 7/11/2016)

 

Muhlenberg Theatre’s Artistic Director, Charles Richter, joins WDIY’s Neil Hever in the studio to preview the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre's upcoming 36th season which features performances of the beloved Broadway musical, "Gypsy"; 2008 Tony Award winner, "In the Heights"; and "Growl!", a twisted take on the Goldilocks story.

(Original air-date: 6/20/2016)

Rabbi Allen Juda & Dr. Peter Pettit on LV Discourse

Jan 26, 2016

"Journeys to Justice -- Learning and Action" is the topic of two upcoming forums, sponsored by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding.  On this program, host John Pearce welcomes Dr. Peter Pettit and Rabbi Allen Juda to the WDIY studios. Included in the forums: hunger, domestic violence, education. What is just and how can you achieve justice?

(Original air-date: 1/14/2016)

Author Neil Gaiman on Musings

Nov 11, 2015

Host Kenn Michael spoke with author Neil Gaiman before his appearance at Muhlenberg College as part of the college's Living Writers series.  Gaiman later gave a public reading of his work on November 16th at Muhlenberg's Empie Theatre, Center for the Arts.

Host John Pearce welcomes out-going Muhlenberg College President Peyton R. Helm.  Having served at the college in Allentown since July 2003, Helm discusses his tenure at the institution, his experience as president, and his future plans.

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